KARACHI Pakistans former Test skipper Younus Khan, desperately trying to gain his batting form, was out for single digit score for the fourth time in a row when he managed just nine runs in HBLs second innings on the third-day of the Pentangular cricket cup match against Sui Northern Gas here Tuesday at the NBP Stadium. In the first innings, Younus had scored nine runs and again he was dismissed for the same score the difference being that this time he fell to off spinner Muhammad Hafeez whereas he had fallen to pacer Imran Ali in the first innings. HBL scored 222 for seven when stumps were drawn for the third-day. The bankers have an overall lead of 227 with three wickets in hand. This is fourth time in a row that Younus has failed to reach double digit. In the final of Quaid Trophy against Karachi Blues, Younus had scored seven and four. In four innings, he had mustered just 29 runs. He desperately needs a good innings to convince national selectors about his form to get a signal to proceed to Australia where his old friend Muhammad Yousuf wanted him to join the team. When play resumed on second day SNGPL resuming at 214 for five shockingly slumped to 245 all out surrendering remaining five wickets adding just 31 runs. Thus falling five runs short of opponents first innings. HBL pacer Irfan Fazil ransacked SNGPL innings with five for 56. Leg spinner Aslam Qureshi took two for 39. Habib Bank got off to a poor start in second innings but an unbeaten 75 from opener Shan Masood steadied the rocking bank boat. HBL skipper Hasan Raza, who had scored 102 in the first innings, again made a valuable contribution of 76. Expectations from Younus were high but the Test batsman for the fourth time disappointed his fans. With full final days play left, the match is evenly balanced. Karachi Blues in driving seat against Sialkot Region Karachi Blues moved into possible winning position against Sialkot Region in the four-day Pentangular cricket cup here Monday at the National Stadium after posting an impressive total in their second innings. Resuming at overnight total of 53 for two, the home team reached 304 all out in second innings with Asim Kamal playing with an injured toe top scoring with 76. At the draw of stumps on the penultimate day of the contest, the defending champion Sialkot Region needing 283 to clinch the contest were 63 for two, still 220 runs away from the victory target. They have full one day on Tuesday to reach the winning mark but for doing so they had to face Karachi Blues lethal duo pace attack of Tanveer Ahmed and Tariq Haroon. Karachi Blues had scored 188 in their first innings and Sialkot region had responded with 210. The home team which recently won the national cricket championship for Quaid-e-Azam Trophy gave improved batting performance in their second innings. There was no other option for Karachi Blues but to take a good lead if they wanted to register a win when they resumed second innings at 53 for two wickets. However, when play resumed Karachi suffered an immediate blow and overnight not out batsman Sheryar Ghani was dismissed for 19 after the batsman had added just one run to his total. Situation for Karachi looked bleak but skipper Khalid Lateef and Asim Kamal with responsible batting released the pressure from the team. Khalid Lateef scored 60 in 90 ball innings hitting nine fours and Asim Kamal returned to the crease to play a fine innings of 76 off 127 balls with the aid of ten fours. These two innings boosted Karachis total and when the innings endedm, the home team had taken a lead of 282 runs. Sialkot Region pacers Naveed Arif (2/18), Bilawal Bhatti (3/80) and Prince Abbas (3/68) were the main wicket takers in Karachi second innings. Sialkot Region needed 283 runs to win when they began the chase. Karachi struck two quick blows to make the visitors 63 for two. Sialkot opener Kamran Younus was run out and his opening partner Adnan Butt was dismissed by Tariq Haroon who had destroyed visitors first innings with a five-wicket haul. Tuesday is the last day of the match. Summarised scores: Karachi Blues first innings 188. Sialkot Region first innings 210. Karachi Blues second innings (overnight 53 for two) 304 all out (Khalid Lateef 60, Asim Kamal 76, Asad Shafiq 38, Naveed Arif 2/18, Bilawal Bhatti 3/80, Prince Abbas 3/68). Sialkot Region second innings 63 for two (Muhammad Ayub batting 16,Faisal Khan batting 26).